The 10 Most Powerful Women on Australian FM Radio in 2020

Here are the Top 10 Most Powerful Women on Australian Radio in 2020. Among Radio Today‘s most popular lists have always been those that celebrate and champion the women of our industry.

These ten remarkable women (and the honourable mentions that follow) have real star power. They are engaging, smart, assertive, driven and brilliant communicators. They deliver the laughs and the ratings five days a week, and are leading the way for other women to succeed in the radio industry.

Radio Today spent considerable time talking to industry experts and factored in the thoughts of leading radio programmers about who they consider being in the Top 10. They also factored in the thoughts of leading radio consultants and took into account market size and the competitive landscape.

There has been some movement on the list compared with 2019’s edition, and a new face in Susie O’Neill, while former Hit Network Drive host Kate Longbroek no longer works in radio full-time, and as a result drops out of the Top 10.

The result is a list of women who are successful, have had great ratings success and longevity, those who have built a strong local and national profile and, most importantly, women who have a strong message. It is a list of which the industry can be proud!

1. Jackie ‘O’ Henderson – KIIS 106.5

Undoubtedly one of the most high-profile and successful media personalities in Australia, and her Breakfast show with Kyle Sandilands remains dominant among FM brands in Sydney. The pair moved from 2DayFM to KIIS in 2013.

In 2019 her media profile went to new heights as she appeared as a judge on newly minted Ten reality show The Masked Singer, having previously appeared on Big Brother, Popstars, Australian Princess, The Nation, Surprise Gotcha, Robots and Ground Zero.

2. Chrissie Swan – Nova 100

Chrissie Swan got started in copywriting before appearing on television in 2003 as a contestant on the reality TV series Big Brother, where she was the runner-up.

She landed a start in Breakfast radio in Queensland in late 2003 where she worked at Hot 91.1 with co-host Ronnie Stanton. Swan also worked on-air at Vega and Mix 101.1 (now KIIS).

3. Amanda Keller – WSFM

A triple threat in Australian showbiz, Keller is a journalist, radio presenter and TV personality.

Starting in radio in Bathurst, she did Breakfast with Andrew Denton on Triple M from 1994 and is in her 15th year at WSFM, currently hosting WSFM Breakfast with Brendan Jones.

Keller has plenty of experience on TV too, racking up appearances on Good News Week, Rove Live, The Glass House, 20 to 1, Spicks and Specks, Have You Been Paying Attention?, Show Me the Movieand Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation.

4. Carrie Bickmore – Hit Network

Carrie Bickmore has been a staple of Australian radio and TV for over a decade, and is a Gold Logie winner.

She currently co-hosts the Carrie & Tommy Drive show across Southern Cross Austereo’s Hit Network with comedian Tommy Little, while appearing on Ten’s daily light news show The Project.

Bickmore has a journalism degree from Curtin University of Technology, and started her career as a newsreader on 92.9FM Perth. In 2001 she became the Afternoons newsreader for Nova 100 in Melbourne, before landing a gig co-hosting Drive with Andy Ross in 2002.

5. Kate Ritchie – Nova Network

Another Gold Logie winner, Kate Ritchie featured on Seven’s iconic soap Home & Away, joining Merrick & Rosso on Nova 96.9 Breakfast in 2007.

Ritchie left Nova in 2009, to return to acting but later came back to radio after the departure of Meshel Laurie.

She has since combined with Marty Sheargold and Tim Blackwell on the hugely successful and national Kate, Tim & Marty Drive show.

Source: Radio Today


Cartier announces its first Australian immersive experience in Melbourne | 6-17 March 2020

Cartier has announced the arrival of its ephemeral installation, Into the Wild to Melbourne’s Federation Square, in March 2020. The unique concept will showcase the Panthère universe and its prolific legacy within the Maison.

The Panthère is a Cartier emblem and an iconic collection, expressing its character and power through the Maison’s jewellery and watch making creations, as well as fragrances and accessories. Into The Wild will open to the public from Friday 6thMarch – Tuesday 17th March 2020. Sessions will be complimentary admission, and will be able to be booked online in advance.

Into The Wild allows guests to discover the Cartier Panthère universe including its original designer and Cartier’s first female Creative director Jeanne Toussaint, who revolutionized the sculptural jewellery industry and established the Panthère as the emblem of the Maison.

Guests will also be able to discover the know-how behind the conceptualization of Panthère creations, and the evolution of their designs over the decades, as well as the Panthère Tribe of yesterday and today, in an immersive and engaging experience.

The concept will be an opportunity for Australian’s and overseas visitors to discover Cartier in a new and contemporary environment set amongst The Atrium in Federation Square; marking the Maison’s first cultural experience in Australia.

The immersive experience will showcase Cartier’s contemporaneity and creativity through a combination of tactile and digitally integrated features. Guests will be encouraged on a three-phase journey, each exploring a different facet of the Maison’s Panthère icon from conception to today – the history and spirit of the famed Jeanne Toussaint; the design and know-how of the collections; followed by an introduction to the Panthère Tribe of inspirational men and women from the past and present.

Archival and contemporary Panthère creations will be on show as well as historical timelines, design sketches and real craftsman tools to illustrate the heritage and evolution of this jewellery icon.

Melbourne is well known as the arts and cultural capital of Australia, with the city being home to a diverse population of experience seekers with interests in art, culture and style, making Melbourne the perfect location for Cartier to celebrate the Maison’s iconic Panthère collection. Following on from previous Cartier events and exhibitions in both Sydney and Canberra, Cartier is bringing a new offering and unique experience to Cartier’s Melbourne based clientele and intrepid visitors for the first time.

Source:  Cartier


Katya Komarova: The Model-Turned-Sustainable Handbag Designer You Need To Meet Now

She’s the Russian-born beauty that brings off-duty Parisian style to chic leather goods. Meet Katya Komarova, the award-winning designer and face behind luxury, sustainable brand, Katya Komarova.

Created with the modern woman in mind who desires her own unique style, what sets Katya’s self-titled label apart is its ability to completely personalise your sartorial sidekick. Uniting her love for geometry and respect for Italian craftsmanship, each piece adopts current trends into the minimalist range with interchangeable handles, colours and accents.

From coveted micro-bags to bucket-style, belted dual-compartment statement pieces and more,  the collection features a variation of colours, straps and handles so customers can mix-and-match, enabling them to create different looks every day. From bamboo to chain and chic cross-body, Katya Komarova defines timeless style.

Existing ethically and sustainably, Katya takes a responsible and considerate approach to the environment while producing the pieces locally in Sydney.

Working predominantly with natural materials like Italian vegetable-tanned leather and cotton, the brand continued to work towards a more ecological footprint such as moving all production to Australia and updating the range to stitch-free versatile handbags with interchangeable straps and handles.

You can see more on Katya Komarova via Instagram.

Source: Katya Komarova


COTTON ON CREATES OFFICIAL FIRE FIGHT T-SHIRT

The official FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA (#FireFightAustralia) t-shirt is available for pre-order at www.firefightaustralia.com.

The limited-edition tee costing $39.99 (inc GST & delivery) will be available to purchase online in Australia, New Zealand, USA and Singapore as well as in selected Cotton On stores in Australia.

100% of the proceeds from the sale of the tees will go directly to organisations dedicated to national bushfire relief efforts.

FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA’s official merchandise partner Cotton On has produced and donated the t-shirts to help music fans everywhere show their support for bushfire relief while commemorating the momentous SOLD OUT concert.

TEG CEO Geoff Jones said: “We are very grateful to Cotton On for their generosity in producing these exclusive t-shirts for FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA. Buying a FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA tee lets fans show their support while helping those who have been affected by the ongoing national bushfire tragedy.”

Cotton On Brand Director Bianca Ginns said “We are incredibly excited to get involved and partner with Fire Fight Australia for what is going to be an amazing event in support of a truly great cause. All of us at Cotton On have been devastated by the effects the bushfires have had across our country but are proud to see how many of our customers and team members have rallied to support the communities and people who need it most.”

“For us, supporting Fire Fight Australia is another way we’re rolling up our sleeves, getting around our mates and trying to make a difference to all of those who have been impacted by the fires.”

All proceeds from t-shirt sales will go directly towards key organisations providing vital “Rescue”, “Relief and Recovery” and “Rehabilitation” including:
“Rescue” – Rural and regional fire services in affected states
“Relief and Recovery” – Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery
“Rehabilitation” – The RSPCA Bushfire Appeal

All Australians can watch the concert through the live national broadcast made possible by Channel 7 and Foxtel. Viewers will be encouraged to donate via www.firefightaustralia.com to support those whose lives have been impacted by the worst bushfire season in living memory.

FIRE FIGHT AUSTRALIA will feature global rock legends Queen + Adam Lambert, global superstar Michael Bublé (exclusive live cross performance), Grammy award winning Canadian singer songwriter k.d. lang, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Alice Cooper, and Irish superstar Ronan Keating along with a cavalcade of Australian music industry heavy weights (in alphabetical order); 5 Seconds of Summer, Amy Shark, Baker Boy, Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian, Hilltop Hoods, ICEHOUSE, Illy, Jessica Mauboy, John Farnham, Lee Kernaghan, Olivia Newton-John, Peking Duk, Pete Murray, Tina Arena and William Barton.

The concert will be hosted by writer, actor and comedian Celeste Barber, who has raised more than $50 million towards bushfire relief through her own record-breaking online appeal.

Source: Firefight Australia


W Hotels teams up with Mardi Gras to LOVE OUT LOUD

Whoever you are, wherever you are, you’re welcome at W Hotels. With inclusiveness at the heart of W since it debuted over 20 years ago, the global, trailblazing lifestyle hotel brand is teaming up with Australia’s longest running LGBTQI organisation, the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, to celebrate equality and inspire travellers to love out loud.

For the first time, W Hotels will be a major partner of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras celebration, showcasing its first-ever float in the 2020 Parade taking place on February 29.

Choreographed by Sydney born Ame Delves, 80 guests – including 20 staff from W Brisbane and the soon-to-open W Melbourne, as well as Marriott Bonvoy members – will dance and march alongside W’s LOVE OUT LOUD float, a super-charged fluoro boom box that celebrates celebrates the brand’s bold and playful personality with a colorful, musical homage to individuality and inclusion.

“Since day one, W Hotels has been committed to inclusivity and equality and that sense of acceptance remains at the core of the W DNA,” said. Bruce Ryde, Vice President Luxury Brands & Brand Marketing, Asia Pacific, Marriott International.

“We are excited to take part in this year’s parade for the first time as both organisations aim to be global leaders lead in promoting diversity, inclusion, equality and social justice through culture and creativity, and I cannot wait to see my co-workers, guests and friends of the brand marching, dancing and loving out loud and proud.”

Uniting hundreds of thousands of revelers for Sydney’s biggest night, the iconic march down Oxford Street will feature about 200 dazzling floats. Designed by 160over90, the W Hotels float will feature special guests, international drag superstar Alyssa Edwards (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Dancing Queen) and Australian singer songwriter Vera Blue, joined by local influencers Alfie Arcuri, Megan Dijkman, Brandon Kilgour, musician KYVA and Lola Van Vorst.

Members of Marriott Bonvoy will have access to exclusive Moments including a pre-event glam squad experience, limited-edition W merchandise and entrance to the premium parade viewing spot – W Hotels VIP viewing deck. For a chance to win, members can bid their points at www.moments.marriottbonvoy.com.

Those bold and daring members keen to live it up may wish to Float With Pride and march in the parade before a night of pumping dance beats and electrifying headliners at the official Mardi Gras after party.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, Albert Kruger added: “With engaging LGBTQI initiatives worldwide and new properties opening around Australia, Mardi Gras is delighted to have W Hotels join us as our new hotel partner. Each year travellers come from across the globe to celebrate with us and we know they’ll be welcomed enthusiastically at W Hotels.”

Known for defying expectations and breaking the norms of traditional luxury, W Brisbane opened its doors in June 2019, with W Melbourne to follow suit later this year and W Sydney in 2021.

Source: W Hotels